How Tolkien triumphed over the critics

Tolkien didn’t always get good reviews – the BBC has excerpts of reviews from when his books were first published:

“This is not a work which many adults will read through more than once,” said the anonymous reviewer in the Times Literary Supplement, while American critic Edmund Wilson, dismissed the entire trilogy in 1956 as “juvenile trash”.

One Reply to “How Tolkien triumphed over the critics”

  1. Honestly, I can understand why they gave the reviews they did. Tolkein’s writing style isn’t exactly the easiest.

    Do these reviews strike anyone as strangely similar to the Star Wars movie reviews?

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